An investigation by the New York Daily News and ProPublica prompts changes that guarantee residents and businesses targeted in NYPD nuisance actions more due process rights.
At a City Council hearing, police brass show flexibility on controversial tool for quality of life actions.
The Council speaker will put forward a package of bills aimed at better protecting tenants and businesses targeted by police.
Police in New York pursue civil cases against homes and businesses despite concerns about fairness and in the face of lawsuits.
A legal move in federal court will ask for class action status to protect renters and business owners from alleged unconstitutional police enforcement.
A letter from legal groups to the New York City’s Law Department warned city officials that “vulnerable tenants” are often ensnared in nuisance abatements.
In response to an investigation by the Daily News and ProPublica, New York City’s police commissioner Bill Bratton insists nuisance cases remain a critical tool for keeping neighborhoods safe.
Advocates, trade groups and lawmakers respond after an investigation by the New York Daily News and ProPublica shows the NYPD disproportionately targets businesses in minority neighborhoods for nuisance abatement actions.
Sidney Baumgarten commissioned the drafting of the Nuisance Abatement Law in the 1970s to clean up Times Square. He says the way the NYPD uses it today violates the constitution.
“It was total entrapment,” says one storeowner.
The suit challenges the NYPD’s use of controversial nuisance abatement actions. It cites ProPublica and The Daily News’ investigation into the issue.
The NYPD is kicking people out of their homes, even if residents haven't been charged with a crime. Lawyers who have worked in the unit say cases are “rubber-stamped.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said New York City is retreating from the practice of locking out tenants before they even see a judge.
New York City officials said reforms were needed after our investigation showed that the police have been locking out residents who haven’t been charged with a crime.
And it’s happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods.